Florida Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Standards for universal waste management: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730.185 and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

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Management of spent mercury-containing lamps and devices destined for recycling: FAC 62-737.150 to 62-737.900

Mercury-containing lamps and devices:

Definitions: FAC 62-737.200 and FAC 62-737.800

Prohibitions: FAC 62-737.300

Registration: FAC 62-737.400(3)(a) and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

Notification: FAC 62-737.400(3)(b) and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

Management: FAC 62-737.400(4) and FAC 62-737.400(5)

Storage: FAC 62-737.400(7)

Volume reduction of lamps: FAC 62-737.400(6)(b)

Destination facilities: FAC 62-737.400 and FAC 62-737.800

Regulatory Agency

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida adopts by reference the federal universal waste regulations, including those for aerosol cans. The state has added provisions for the regulation of mercury-containing lamps and mercury-containing devices destined for recycling, and therefore, the Florida rules for lamps and mercury-containing devices differ from the federal rules for lamps and mercury-containing equipment. The result is that the state rules are more stringent than their federal counterparts in connection with definitions, prohibitions, disposal options for very small quantity generators (VSQGs), registration, notification, management and labeling, storage, volume reduction, and destination facilities. Note that Florida repealed its state regulations for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals as a universal waste when it adopted by reference the ...

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